The Kukmin Ilbo reports that a hagwon English teacher has been busted for acting in overseas porn.

The story begins with a young Master Kim, a teenager who just happened to be surfing porn sites when he came across of video of an Asian woman having sex with a foreign man. The woman’s face looked strangely familiar, however. A closer inspection revealed why—it was his hagwon English teacher!

So Kim did what any responsible young man would do after surfing porn—post a tip on the Seoul Metropolitan Police website. Police in Seodaemun began investigating, and learned that the woman in the film was none other than 33-year-old Ms. Kim, a graduate student at a Seoul university and an English teacher at a Seoul hagwon.

According to the report, Kim left for Canada to study after graduating from high school in Korea. Once in Canada, however, she found it hard to pay tuition, so she had no choice but to make porn.

Kim shot porn between February and September of last year. She shot about one video a week for a total of about 30 videos, receiving 200-300 dollars a shoot. (Marmot’s note: Something doesn’t add up—she does porn in Canada last year to make money for school. But she’s 33-years-old. Something’s missing).

These videos were distributed by a Canadian-run porn site. Kim told police that in Canada, starring in porn is not a crime, but to no avail—because she’s a Korean national, it’s a crime for her to act in porn even if the films are shot overseas. Accordingly, she was booked without detention, and it appears she’ll receive a 10 million won fine for her sins.

Or so said the Kookmin Ilbo.

Kim said, “I didn’t know it was illegal, but I regret acting in porn since I’m being punished in Korea.”

The real shame is, this all could have been avoided if she’d just been reading my blog (see here, here and here). At least it appears she won’t have to do community service at the House of Sharing (a home for former “comfort women”)… as if doing porn in Canada and getting gang-raped by the Japanese army were somehow related.

(HT to reader. And please, do NOT post the address for the porn site in question in my comments section)

UPDATE: OhMyNews reports that the “Canada English teacher” is the No. 1 search word in Korea (which means, I’d imagine, that Jeff in Busan is getting extra hits), and that with the girl’s real name, face, blog and minihompi address being revealed, there is some concern that this may become another instance of “cyber-terror.

Netizens—in a rare example of online justice—have also been slamming the student who tipped off police.  Surfing porn in Korea is a crime—not that you’d know that judging from everyday behavior—and it is quite ironic that Ms. Kim would be punished for doing something that was quite legal where she did it while the rat who turned her in won’t be for doing something illegal.

UPDATE 2: OK, this is the email tip I got on Nov. 14, with names and website addresses removed.  Read it and draw your own conclusions. DISCLAIMER: NONE of this is verified and could all be bullshit. The tipster also seems to have added stuff for comedic effect:

BREAKING STORY: PORNSTAR TEACHING KIDS

I am sending this to you b/c it’s too juicy to sit on. Please consider for “stupid foreigner tricks”:

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LEAD (translated, paraphrased):

A female Korean English teacher working at a well known children’s language academy in Seoul is also illegally producing pornography with her American (read: white) boyfriend.

BODY (paraphrased):

The female teacher, Ms. ********, is a Korean born gyopo living in *******-Gu. She is working as a teacher at ******* Seodamun Branch working with students in grades 3-5. It was discovered after the recent druggie teacher scandal that she was also operating an illicit porn site out of her home in ****** for extra income:

Presumably the videos were made with her american boyfriend [the media will hype this no doubt] in their home [they live together, oh no!] who is seen on some videos. This will likely attract the attention of the Korean National Police, Cyber Crimes Bureau, whose responsibility is to enforce the web laws of Korea. The production of web pornography is illegal in Korea [snickering].

Says one commentator, Mr. **** Kim, professor of sociology from ***** University School of Social Sciences, “There is a growing trend of Korean women who are going into cyber pornography as an alternative to actually going into the sex trade business because of risk of STDs and other social stigma. The web is a big place, many do not even get caught because Korean men do not go to the web in as many numbers as westerners.”

After viewing clips off the site, one expat porn commentator said, “The videos, though hardcore, appear to be amateurish sometimes awkward fare, and expats who view it might cringe at her certain FOB-ishness. Only 50something pervs in Ontario would drool over this.”

A parent, Mrs. Kim, 40, said, “That’s horrible that such a corrupt person could be teaching such vulnerable kids. It’s horrible.”

What’s horrible is that without means to verify, I had to sit on that while those bastards at the Kukmin Ilbo got the scoop. Life can be so unfair.